Last night, State Representative D.J. Bettencourt e-mailed us explaining his side of the story. I feel that it is appropriate to post excerpts of that e-mail. Here are some key points:
The issue for me was never money. I have not been on the payroll of a campaign since 2002 when I was working as an intern on Gordon Humphrey's campaign for Governor. Finally, I have made a vow that I would never take more money that simple reimbursement of personal cost from a campaign as long as I am in public office.
While not on the level of Tom Tancredo or Duncan Hunter, I am a member of the legislative caucus for legal immigration. I'm hardly a newcomer to the issue and chumming around with Ted Kennedy at press conferences promoting amnesty was more than I could stomach.
Feelings Towards McCain:
I'm not going to get into petty arguments over personalities or he said/she said and I want to make it clear the despite this incident I still hold Senator McCain in the highest regard and I wish his campaign well.
I want to make this clear: I was never offered, nor am I being offered now any position or money from the Romney campaign. Their courtship of my support was fully ethical and completely above board.
With regard to McCain and a paid position: The possibility of having my position become a compensated position did arise though never seriously. However, nothing formal was ever discussed, no amount was ever discussed, and NEVER were any demands made on my part.
"(Bettencourt) told the Associated Press that he was indeed considering a job with McCain." Pindell is incorrect on this point. I never personally spoke with the AP.
The e-mail provided by the McCain campaign was a personal correspondence between me and someone whom I considered a friend. Thus why the e-mail was sent from my personal and not political e-mail account. It was one paragraph from a five paragraph e-mail and was grossly out of its proper context. The entirety of the e-mail made it clear that I was not looking for, nor being offered any position or money from either Romney or McCain.